Reviewed by Susan65
Title: A Deeper Blue
Author: S.E. Harmon
Series: Rules of Engagement #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 260 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: A year ago, Kelly Cannon couldn’t imagine he’d end up with his formerly straight best friend. It’s hard to believe he can finally kiss Blue any time he wants… as long as they’re in private. And there’s the rub. Despite Kelly’s promise to wait until Blue is ready to come out, he’s tired of sneaking around. The cracks in their relationship are starting to show, and there might not be enough spackle in the world to fix them.
Britton “Blue” Montgomery may not be the physics brainiac his boyfriend is, but he’s not stupid. He knows Kelly isn’t completely happy. But he’s not ready to be the poster boy for bisexuals and gays in the NFL. He just wants to keep his head down, play the game he loves, and go home to the man he adores. Is that too much to ask?
With the truth slowly coming to the surface, Blue must make a choice. If it means losing Kelly, there’s no decision to make…. He has to find enough courage to face the music and hope they’ll survive the fallout.
Man. Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.
I seriously love this series. The dialogue alone is award worthy, and I am such a sucker for good dialogue. The relationship struggles continues for Blue and Kelly, and this time they are dealing with some pretty heavy issues concerning their secret love life. You feel for Kelly because he just wants his Blue, he just wants him to be happy, and he wants him to stop playing football before he really gets injured. And you feel for Blue because Kelly is his life, but so is football…and damn it, why can’t he have both? I understand not every celebrity wants to be a LGBT poster child and that’s okay, Blue just needs to not lose everything he’s worked for just to keep the one man who has always had his back.
I really hated Blue’s father, and I’m not sold on his mother. But, Kelly’s family more than made up for the loss. This is a book of love and football. Football is my passion, and I can tell that the author has a passion for the sport, too…but, oh my goodness, the discrepancies between the real life game and creative license gave me pause. Actually, it drove me nuts. However, I was able to block out the on field faux pas because the Kelly/Blue experience was one of the best I’ve ever read.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*